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Old 01-01-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
Rich Z
Exclamation New registration audits

For those lurkers who are considering registering here, I would like to offer some advice. Spammers on message boards like this have become a real problem, so I have had to take the step of setting new registrations to be approved before being allowed to post on this site. What I do is to review the new registrations (I try to do that at least once per day), looking for cues to indicate that the new registrant may be a spammer or otherwise bogus. Entries within the profile fields are scrutinized looking for clues, so if you are inclined to use nonsensical, flip, or obviously improbable entries, then there is a real good chance you will be denied entrance. Yeah, some legitimate registrants will likely get stopped at the door in this manner, but quite frankly, I just got tired of the porn spammers and those promoting viagra and crap trying to flood my sites with that garbage.

Other signs I will look for is the location field not matching with the IP address of your ISP. If you claim you are from New York, USA, yet your ISP's IP address says "Texas", well not going to happen. My assumption will be that you are trying to hide something. So, sorry......

Typically most of the spammers lately have gmail email addresses, so they are getting closer scrutiny then say, a comcast.net email address will. Oftentimes those email addresses will appear bogus just from the name used, or the fact that the email prefix name (which is an apparent random mixture of letters and numbers) matches their registration name, so they often get deleted just based on suspicion.

So all I am asking is that you be a bit circumspect about the info you include in your registration to try to help everyone here to keep this site from having to deal with that type of garbage. If your registration gets deleted during an audit, then I would suggest that you review your answers to those registration queries and make adjustments if you care to try again.

Sorry about this headache, but trust me, I wouldn't waste my time on it if I didn't think it was prudent to do this chore.

Thanks,

Rich Z.
 
Old 01-01-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
Roy Munson
I appreciate the effort.
-Deano
 
Old 01-01-2010, 03:23 PM   #3
dionythicus
Thanks, Rich. It's a headache, but it needs to be done. I appreciate your efforts.
 
Old 01-01-2010, 07:36 PM   #4
Susan
I guess this is as close as I get to living in a gated community.
 
Old 01-01-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
wstphal
Thanks Rich! It needs doing and it's got to be annoying.
 
Old 01-01-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
Rich Z
I just got tired or the porn spammers more than anything else. I don't care what you are into in your own home, but don't go pushing that crap onto everyone else.
 
Old 01-01-2010, 10:27 PM   #7
dionythicus
I'm on another forum where all posts have to be approved by the mods before they will allow them. Talk about controlling.
 
Old 01-01-2010, 10:37 PM   #8
Lennycorn
To be honest...I'll miss the spammers promoting Viagra
 
Old 01-02-2010, 01:37 AM   #9
Rich Z
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Originally Posted by dionythicus View Post
I'm on another forum where all posts have to be approved by the mods before they will allow them. Talk about controlling.
Last time I checked we were getting about 800 posts per day. Now wouldn't that just wear out the mods?
 
Old 01-03-2010, 08:41 AM   #10
insomniac101
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Originally Posted by dionythicus View Post
I'm on another forum where all posts have to be approved by the mods before they will allow them. Talk about controlling.
Wow, that puts it over the edge!

I'm a mod on another forum, and I spend most of my time removing Sporn. We were getting about a dozen a day, then maybe one or two. We seem to get hit heavily for about a week, then it's quiet for awhile.

Yeah, a tough job, but someone has to do it . . .

Kathy
 

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